The Golden Section, Natures greatest Secret
Scott Olsen, Ph.D., is the author of the recently published and award-winning book, The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret. He is Professor of Philosophy at Central Florida Community College, and is known internationally for his work on decoding the geometric mysteries of Plato.
Scott’s Modules will draw from the following 4 areas of his expertise:
I. SACRED GEOMETRY – we will do geometric drawings & 3D constructions from which one can derive an exhilarating alignment and attunement with the aesthetic principles of the Cosmos itself. We will examine in particular the ratios and proportions developed through the golden mean, root 2, root 3, root 5, and the Fibonacci and Lucas numbers.
II. ANCIENT WISDOM (PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY) – this knowledge was contained in the teachings of the ancient mystery schools and adapted into the Pythagorean/ Platonic traditions (e.g. as the Principles of the One & the Indefinite Dyad, the Tetraktys, and the Music of the Spheres). We will examine how these traditions understood the mystery of the sacred numbers which were secretly revealed in carefully designed initiatory, transformative experiences.
III. TRANSFORMATIVE STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS – we will examine how we are in fact hardwired via the divine numbers to experience transformations of consciousness. Understanding the holographic presence of the entire Cosmos potentially within each of us, students will see how resonance, attunement and entrainment using the numbers can lead to peak experiences, and more complete stages of self-identity, fulfillment & inner contentment with life.
IV. PRACTICAL ANALYSIS OF NATURE – Nature’s elegant numbers pervade the entire Cosmos, from top to bottom, from Galactic considerations, down through the Solar System, morphology of humans, animals, insects, plants, minerals, down into the DNA, microtubules, clathrins, subatomic particles and even the quarks themselves.
We will see how the Cosmos fractalizes from the above down to the below, demonstrating a Hermetic self-similarity at all levels, in a grand harmonic scheme.
Students will examine humanity’s awakening recognition and employment of these numbers in stone circles, tombs, temples, pyramids, sculpture, paintings, and music. And we will consider canons of human proportion as we undergo in-class measurements to observe how each one of us both synchronously and uniquely express the sacred ratios and proportions in our bodies. And finally we shall consider templates and each make a golden calipers so that we can take our wisdom with us for practical application in the future.